IN PHOTOS: At Cubao's Farmers Market, world class chefs shop for the best of local produce

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A day before Madrid Fusion 2017, chef Margarita Forés gathered a group of world class chefs for a morning tour at Farmers Market in Cubao, Quezon City, where the best of local produce (such as the ampalaya held by Forés) is at full display. Photo by GABBY CANTERO

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — At 8 a.m. on a Wednesday, Farmers Market in Cubao, Quezon City is a bustling labyrinth, its floor slippery from the water that keeps the seafood fresh, its air smelling of a rich mixture of that day's freshest produce. This busy market place is where Chef Margarita Forés — Asia's Best Female Chef for 2016 and a champion of Philippine cuisine — chose to introduce to the chefs of Madrid Fusión Manila 2017 the best of Philippine ingredients.

For an hour, chefs and visitors smelled, touched, pinched, and tasted what the market has the offer. Among others, there's the local calamansi and kamias, which underlined the value of sourness in Philippine cuisine; the kinilaw, garnished with the same souring ingredients, highlighted with fresh shrimp and crab; and an impressive demonstration in deboning and filleting bangus, in order to make it into relyeno. While the chefs and other participants of Madrid Fusión curiously examined each ingredient that Forés enthusiastically introduced, vendors, market-goers, and passersby looked on.

Here are a few photos from their morning market run.

market tour 10.jpg Fresh produce is always available at Farmers Market, arguably one of the cleanest markets in the metro. Photo by GABBY CANTERO

market tour 9.jpg Slices of kamias and calamansi. Chef Margarita Forés stresses that sourness is a key flavor in Philippine cuisine. Photo by GABBY CANTERO

mfmf-farmersdiptych.jpg (Left) Ripe mangoes are dipped in bagoong. (Right) An hour later, participants partake of an all-Filipino buffet. Photo by GABBY CANTERO

market tour3.jpg A participant takes a photo of a mango, with other fruits in a stall as backdrop. Photo by GABBY CANTERO

market tour5.jpg Chef Margarita Forés gestures over a large yellowfin tuna at Farmers' seafood section. Photo by GABBY CANTERO

market tour 6.jpg José Carlos Capel, Madrid Fusion president and food critic of El País (a Spanish newspaper) takes a photo of bangus. Photo by GABBY CANTERO

market tour 7.jpg Participants try the balut. Photo by GABBY CANTERO

market lead.jpg After the tour, participants enjoyed a buffet featuring Filipino fare. Photo by GABBY CANTERO

market tour 8.jpg The spread included Vigan longganisa, heirloom brown rice, daing na bangus, and tapa. Photo by GABBY CANTERO